Apple’s iOS 8 is packed with new features, but one particularly awesome went a bit under the radar during the WWDC announcement. It’s a new mode for the camera that we’re certain many of you will love: time-lapse.
Apple’s camera already has an awesome slow motion camera feature, but what time-lapse does is kind of the opposite - it allows your phone to capture images over a long period of time, and then stitch it all up into a video that speeds up otherwise slowly happening events. Think about seeing the movement of clouds, the bustling of a busy street, or even the blooming of a flower.
Interestingly, time-lapse is a feature that is not even available on some fairly expensive dedicated cameras, and that makes it even greater to have on a smartphone. iOS 8 does all the processing and other heavy lifting, and all in the typical simple and intuitive user interface.
We don’t yet know about compatibility with actual devices, but if iOS 8 compatibility was to be used - the new camera time-lapse option should be available on iPhone 4s and newer, iPod touch 5th gen, iPad 2nd gen and later, as well as iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display.